A Life Without Video Games

I’m having a great time here, and that title isn’t exactly true because Erika and I have been playing Super Mario Galaxy 2, but apart from that, it’s interesting to take a look at myself when I’m without games for even just a week. I forgot my PSP at home, and iPod games don’t count (I’ve only been playing Sudoku anyway). So often my instinct is to play games, and when I don’t have that as an option so far I’ve only felt mild annoyance. Mostly because my only opportunities when I’d want to play games is when I’m in my hotel after a long day and I’m really tired and just want to sleep anyway.

The point is I can’t really tell if I’m appreciating the break from games, or if I miss them. I don’t feel gamer fatigue, but I suppose I’m just not very excited about any games that will be released in the near future. Still, I wish I had FFIX on my PSP here to play myself to sleep with.

As you can tell, I really have nothing to say, but I wanted to touch base with you guys because I’m so busy this week. And because Riddles is on sabbatical, I can’t very well expect him to pick up the slack! The man needs his beauty rest. Anyhoo, do you guys miss video games when you’re away?


One Response to “A Life Without Video Games”

  1. 7thCircle says:

    Your answer does not apply to me. I always bring video games when I travel, starting with the Game Boy on road trips when I was in grade school all the way up to the PSP and DS I have in the hotel with me while I travel for work this week.

    When I visited a friend in Hawaii a few years ago, some of the most relaxing moments for me occurred while he was at work during the day and I sat in his living room playing Yggdra Union with a beautiful view of a mountain outside and the beach breeze blowing through his house. Video games don’t have to shut off my sense of the outside world if I don’t want them too.

    But even if I didn’t have video games while away, I would be reading and not missing them any. I read much more when I’m travelling than when I’m at home, and a good book can pull me out of my surroundings just as well as a video game can, so as far as their impact on vacations goes, books = video games.

    And if I had no games, no books, and no TV, I would indeed miss them and be very bored. I’d probably walk around somewhere crowded and peoplewatch like a lonely old man, laughing to myself whenever someone fat, or unintelligent, or black walks by, giving them offensive, crude backstories in my mind and believing that every person I see is inferior to me in every way, like ants scurrying across a dung heap.

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